Joseph Mallord William Turner

The River Arun, with Windmill in Mid-Distance

c.1824

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 118 x 75 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18446
Turner Bequest CCX 77

Catalogue entry

With swift and cursory handling, here Turner has rendered a series of views of the Arun Valley near Arundel, West Sussex. The sketches have been produced with the book turned upside down. The uppermost drawing is a sky study with numerous colour notes recording ‘Blue’, ‘yelow’, ‘Red’ and ‘gold’ light as well as ‘ Dim Cloud’.
These sketches are associated with Turner’s watercolour designs for W.B. Cooke’s Rivers of England print series: Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow (Tate D18139; Turner Bequest CCVIII F) and Arundel Castle on the River Arun (Tate D18140; Turner Bequest CCVIII G). 1 For other sketches of Arundel Castle in this book see Tate D18419–D18461; Turner Bequest CCX 63–84a. See also Tate D22819–D22820, D22847–D22848, D22881–D22884, D22887, D22900–D22901, D22936, D23002–D23010; Turner Bequest CCXLV 21a–22, 38a–39, 60a–62, 63a, 70a–71, CCXLVI 22, 86a–91.

Alice Rylance-Watson
February 2015

1
See Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle on the River Arun, with a Rainbow c.1824–5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-with-a-rainbow-r1146205 and Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Arundel Castle, on the River Arun c.1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-arundel-castle-on-the-river-arun-r1146206

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